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Lake Hopatcong Commission Gears Up for Annual Weed Harvesting Program
Landing, New Jersey, May 29, 2002 – The Lake Hopatcong Commission is pleased to announce delivery of the first of its new, state-of-the-art weed harvesting equipment. Four stainless steel aquatic plant harvesters, two shore conveyors and two tilt trailers were unloaded and are currently located at the Lake Hopatcong State Park, which will serve as one of two staging areas for the weed harvesting. A second shipment of weed harvesting equipment is scheduled to arrive shortly.

Samuel Hoagland, resident of the lake, Lake Hopatcong Commissioner and Chairman of the Harvesting Equipment Procurement Committee, was there to oversee the arrival of the equipment. “The Commission initiated its efforts to purchase the new weed harvesting equipment in October 2001, and Aquarius Systems of North Prairie, Wisconsin was the winning bid. With the weeds already growing, this equipment couldn’t have arrived at a better time.”

Hoagland added, “When the rest of the weed harvesting equipment arrives, the Commission will have six weed harvesters operating full time to remove the weeds from our lake. That’s twice as many weed harvesters as last year, and we’ll have two teams of harvester crews working at each end of the lake. We also purchased two transport barges to move the weeds from the harvesters to the shore conveyors for quick transfer of the aquatic vegetation to dump trucks. Bill Clark, Director of Field Operations, will be overseeing our weed harvesting efforts again this year. We fully expect the operation to proceed far more efficiently than in prior years.”

The Lake Hopatcong Commission is planning a ribbon cutting ceremony to showcase its new equipment on Saturday, June 22nd, 2002. Festivities, including demonstrations of the equipment, are open to the public and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Hopatcong State Park, which is located on Lakeside Boulevard in Roxbury Township. The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, June 23rd.

The Lake Hopatcong Commission is an independent New Jersey State commission founded in 2001 to protect the natural resources of the State’s largest lake. The Commission was created through legislation introduced by Senators Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) and Robert E. Littell (R-Sussex). Weed harvesting is only one of several initiatives that the Commission is undertaking to correct water pollution problems in Lake Hopatcong.

Lake Hopatcong is a 9-mile-long lake located in the northwest part of New Jersey on the borders of Sussex and Morris Counties. The 2700-acre lake has 32 miles of shoreline and a watershed population of over 65,000 people. It is a major recreational center in New Jersey and is considered one of the best freshwater fishing locations on the East Coast.

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